My dermatologist diagnosed me with scalp folliculitis on July 2nd. He prescribed clindamycin gel and to also shampoo with T-gel or tee tree oil. On July 5th the folliculitis got worse and I developed these bumps in the area of the folliculitis along with pain and intense itching. I was using tea tree oil at that time but wasn't using the antibiotic yet. The folliculitis was spreading. I began using the clindamycin on July 9th and the T-Gel on July 18th. The folliculitis began to settle down and improve. Some of the bumps began to decrease in size as there were about 9 of them. My wife checked my scalp everyday and said there was a definite improvement especially with the bumps.
I had a follow up appointment of July 25th. I showed the doctor 4 bumps on the scalp. I had stage 1 melanoma on my right arm 11 years ago. When the doctor saw the bumps he said they must be tested immediately for melanoma. I asked him if these bumps could be from the folliculitis because they are in the center of it. He said no. I told him I had many others but they decreased in size or disappeared. He said they are not from folliculitis that they happened to appear at the same time.
I am a 59 year old male with two small children. I am aware that nodular melanoma can kill me and now I am convincing myself it is what I have. I won't know the results until August 8th. The doctor will not call me if he knows before then. He insisted I come to the office to hear the results.
My question is could this be something other than nodular melanoma? My doctor did mention they could be moles that got inflamed. I told him I never had moles in that spot before. I am bald on top and I just had a full body check in June. I am very worried. Thank you.
While in all possibility
this would turn out to be infected Seborrheic keratosis, your doc was right in getting them biopsied since you have a past history.
Mark my words, you should come out clear.
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